MECH&AE 105A

Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics

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Mohamed Abdou See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 3.0

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not a tough prof. midterm and final were easy as cake, as well as homework. however, don't expect to stay awake in lecture. this guy should market his voice for some sleep aid product. also he just reads his printed out notes which he gives to everyone. midterm and final are very similar to homework problems.

April 5, 2011
Ravnesh Amar See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Professor Amar is a great teacher. He focuses on problem solving in his class and goes over a lot of examples. Pay attention to the examples in class as he doesn't lie when he says they're the same as the exam problems. Homework was fairly simple. Quizzes and exams are a bit difficult and can go a bit fast, but are very doable.

Winter Quarter 2020
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Pierre Gourdain Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 1.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
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Overall 4.3 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.3

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Yongho Ju See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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Going to the discussion sections helped a LOT with the homework.
Don't buy the Moran and Shapiro book because you'll never use it. He writes his own textbook that you can download from the class website. Make sure you buy the required book though, which is actually a reference manual that you need to for homework and tests.
Gives a couple of quizzes during the quarter that are mostly based on lecture and his textbook.
The midterm was moderately difficult. The final exam was extremely difficult, but the curve helped my grade out a lot. Make sure you study lecture notes and his textbook really well.
He's very nice about going over concepts that you don't understand, but is reluctant to help you out too much on the homework. Go to the TAs for homework help instead.

Overall, a pretty good professor who makes sure his students learn a lot. If you go to class and discussion and pay attention, instead of trying to learn everything out of the textbook at the last minute, you'll get a good grade.

Aug. 19, 2009
Adrienne Lavine See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I would consider this course as one of the most enjoyable upper-division classes I have taken, primarily due to Professor Lavine's engaging teaching style. She brings a passion for thermodynamics and an impeccable understanding of its underlying principles, as well as a commitment to fully educate her students throughout the course.

Virtually every principle used in the class was painstakingly derived mathematically, which in my opinion is the only suitable way to convey this information. Professor Lavine did not hesitate to answer any questions posed by her students on any portion of the subject matter, even clarifying her explanations post-lecture via email/CCLE; this was a major part of my appreciation for this course.

Lavine is brilliant but cynical, with a very specific sense of humor; however, she is kind and caring to her students, addressing concerns or inquiries almost immediately as they are posed. I would definitely take courses taught by her in the future, and would highly recommend this course (Introductory Thermodynamics) under her tutelage.

Spring Quarter 2019
Wilbur Marner See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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Professor Marner is one of the rare examples of a professor that cares about his students' learning and he is clearly very passionate about the subject. For him to come back to UCLA at his age and teach with a fervor that can rarely be found in many of his younger colleagues speaks volumes about his dedication. He lectures very clearly and always takes the time to answer every question in depth. He has a natural knack for knowing when the class is uncertain about a topic and will take the time to go through it again or in more detail. He is funny and likes to develop genuine connections with the people in his class, especially those that sit in the front row. Homeworks are optional, exams are exceedingly reasonable in difficulty and length. He does give quizzes in discussion, but they're in the first 15-20 minutes so you can leave after. If you are taking MAE 105A and want a great chance at an A while also having an entertaining lecture, Marner is your guy.

Fall Quarter 2019
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Laurent Pilon See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.2

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Pilon is alright, but this class was incredibly frustrating. (Taken as an online class). I felt like I had a good handle on everything before the midterm, but the midterm wrecked me so much I had to Pass/No Pass this class. There were two parts on the midterm, one for 'conceptual questions' where we weren't supposed to have a cheat sheet, but all the questions were about details of the equations or plain ridiculous (apparently we had to memorize the critical point of water). The second part, with in-depth calculations were more reasonable, but still more difficult than the homework, and not enough time was given. Because there is only one midterm I didn't feel confident in my grade after it and switched my grade type, which made me lose interest in the rest of the material. The lectures are fine, they are easy to learn from, but because they aren't live it is hard to ask questions or connect with the class. Homework assignments also take forever.

Spring Quarter 2020
Owen Smith See Full Profile

Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness 1.8

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winter 2010 highlights:
pi = 3.14 guy
41% average midterm
fire alarm final
some thermodynamics

if you take this guy, learn your stuff. the curve seems pretty generous but nonetheless, prepare yourself: Very hard class and subject.

March 17, 2010
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